JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSGW, Washington, DC - Sept 19, 2010 #general

Marlene Bishow <mlbishow@...>

Date: September 19, 2010 1:00 p.m. schmoozing
1:30 p.m. short business meeting and program
Location: B'nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Speaker: Steve Luxenberg

"Genealogy >from the Inside Out: Tracing a Family Secret >from a Single Clue"

When we learn about a family secret -- a hidden relative (or a hidden
marriage, or a hidden divorce, or a hidden cause of death) our
understanding of the family tree is dramatically changed. How do we pursue
that single clue? In 1995, Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg
found out his mother had been hiding the existence of a sister who was then
deceased, and it was the genesis for his multi-year odyssey to unravel the
rest of the story, including his aunt's three decades in a psychiatric
institution. Using a slide presentation, Luxenberg brings the audience
along on the journey he took to write his award-winning book, "Annie's
Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret." He travels through burial records,
birth certificates, hospital records, immigration documents and wartime
records, and assembles them into a coherent paper trail. A result was a
significantly changed understanding of his family history and societal
stigma regarding mental health.

Guests are welcome. This program is relevant to all faiths.

Mr. Luxenberg will also be available for a book signing.

See our website for additional information and driving directions:

Contact: Marlene Bishow (301) 330 3882 (MLBishow@...).

Alan Leavitt
Publicity Chair
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington

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